I am trying to query all the workflows with a specific state ('started') from a list with javascript (or the first one, since only one workflow "can" be running). Using the InstanceService I can query all the instances (including 'completed') of workflows in the list, but querying those requires a lot of time (for 100 items). I tried getting all the WorkflowSubscriptions (which worked fine), and then using the CountInstancesWithStatus method (see msdn). I pass the subscription into the function, and already tried the numeric and the textual values for the status, but it always returns an empty SP.Result-object. I also tried (as shown in the code sample below) CountInstances that doesn't need a status to be passed in.

I'm assuming the the subscription returned from the the SubscriptionService is the parentSubscription needed by the function. I found no other way of retrieving a subscription.

var servicesManager = SP.WorkflowServices.WorkflowServicesManager.newObject(context, web)
var instanceService = servicesManager.getWorkflowInstanceService()
var subscriptionService = servicesManager.getWorkflowSubscriptionService()
var deploymentService = servicesManager.getWorkflowDeploymentService()
// ...
var subs = subscriptionService.enumerateSubscriptionsByList(listId)
context.executeQueryAsync(() => {
  var enumerator = subs.getEnumerator()
  while (enumerator.moveNext()) {
    var sub = enumerator.get_current()
    var instances = instanceService.countInstances(sub) // empty SP.Result

I did not find any further information regarding the method or this behaviour. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Yes, you have to pass the subscription object. subscriptionService has a method getSubscription, that you can use to get the subscription object directly.

You can find more details in my post here

  • What I was missing was the loading of the context without any parameters, after calling the countInstances function. Your post helped me out there, thanks! – Johannes Apr 28 '17 at 18:02

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